July 14, 2017

3 Methods to Tow Your Vehicle with a Motorhome

Hit the open road in an RV from your favourite RV dealer in Grande Prairie, Alberta and you’re White Class A RV towing a vehicle driving on the roadpretty well guaranteed to partake in some unforgettable adventures.

But as comfortable and easy as they are to drive on open roads, motorhomes can be a handful in day-to-day situations.

This is why many motorhome drivers opt to tow a smaller vehicle to use for sightseeing and getting around town after safely parking their motorhome in a campground.

Different Methods To Choose Between:

Here are the three most common methods to tow a secondary vehicle behind a motorhome:

  1. Flatbed or enclosed trailer. The advantage of using a dedicated trailer for hauling your secondary vehicle is that you can pretty well bring any vehicle along without having to modify it. And because a trailer has its own lights and brake system, it will likely not require any special licensing or permits. And finally, you don’t add any unnecessary mileage to the secondary vehicle being towed. On the other hand, trailers are expensive, heavy and cumbersome. Only larger motorhomes have the power and braking capacity to handle car trailers and they will have a significant impact on your gas mileage.
  2. Tow bar. For “four-down” towing, you use a tow bar to pull your secondary vehicle with its four wheels on the ground. Compared to other towing methods, it costs less to set up and you don’t have to deal with the inconvenience of maneuvering a trailer or tow dolly. One disadvantage of four-down towing is that you can’t back up your motorhome with the vehicle in tow; it puts extreme stress on the steering components of the secondary vehicle. And not all vehicles can be towed four-down. Refer to the secondary vehicle’s owner’s manual to see if it can be towed four-down. If it can’t, there are certain modifications you can do to your secondary vehicle, including installing drive-shaft couplings, transmission fluid pumps and axle locks.
  3. Tow dolly. A tow dolly is a compromise between the two methods described above. The secondary vehicle is driven up onto a two-wheeled dolly, which is less expensive than an enclosed or flatbed trailer, allows the motorhome to be backed up with the vehicle in tow and lets you tow a number of car models without modifications. But they take room at home and in the campground, and are more expensive than tow bars.

Remember! All tow units over 3500 lbs (including trailer weight) must have a braking system installed in the motorhome.

Visit An RV Dealer Like Happy Trails RV To Answer Any Towing Questions

Have questions about towing a secondary vehicle? Contact us at Happy Trails RV! We’re your go-to RV dealer in Grande Prairie and often have customers travel from Red Deer, Calgary and other locations in Alberta. Remember: for Alberta RV sales, Happy Trails RV is hard to beat! Contact us today!